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Various Artists – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A Gospel Tribute 2xLPs – Used LP
Various Artists – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A Gospel Tribute 2xLPs – Used LP
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Various Artists – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A Gospel Tribute 2xLPs – Used LP

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New vinyl.  Opened to check for and prevent warping in 2020.  Looks good.  Ringwear (photos of actual item).   Double album.  1986 album. 

I was looking through my records to find something to listen to and list on the website today for today’s MLK Day, started with Marvin Gaye’s seminal 1971 album (that he started the year long process of creating 50 years ago...or was in more like 200 years in creation) and then came across this rarity, released in 1986 to celebrate this first year this federal holiday was recognized, featuring Aretha, Smokey, Cleveland, Banks Brothers, Clefs...I think these are performances from the first celebration (but I’ll keep it unplayed and list it on the site so someone can be the first person put this copy on a player). The holiday was introduced by both a republican senator and a Democrat from Michigan in 1979, but didn’t make it through to the Presidential signing until 1983, after years of opposition, signature gathering (6 million signatures!) and campaigning, Stevie’s song helping to gather the campaign in 1980. Reading the history of the holiday really brought back memories of 40 years ago, and it’s clear now how this campaign to get this holiday recognized really helped define and really create the mindset of Americans in the 1980s. This country has been through some bad times, in my lifetime especially at the beginning of decades, especially the beginning of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s, nearly hopeless and truly horrible times, but songs were written and people gathered and pushed on, something to remember as we begin this new decade. — winch



Aretha Franklin And The Southern California Choir* Wholy - Holy
A2 Smokey Robinson And The Miracles Abraham, Martin and John
A3 Aretha Franklin And The Southern California Choir* Precious Lord
A4 James Cleveland* Sweet Hour Of Prayer
A5 James Cleveland* Amazing Grace
B1 Banks Brothers* God Will Take Care Of You
B2 James Cleveland* What A Friend We Have In Jesus
B3 James Cleveland* Lift Him Up
B4 Gospel Clefs* Steal Away
B5 James Cleveland* At The Cross
C1 Unknown Artist Album Introduction
C2 Aretha Franklin And The Southern California Choir* Wholy - Holy
C3 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The First 25 Years Of My Life
C4 Unknown Artist Introduction
C5 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In Defense Of Non-Violence And Civil Disobedience American Jewish Community
C6 Unknown Artist Introduction -- Comments On The Nobel Peace Prize
D1 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream
D2 Unknown Artist Introduction
D3 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have Been To The Mountain Top
D4 Aretha Franklin And The Southern California Choir* Closing Remarks -- Precious Lord Take My Name

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